BLOG TOUR: ANIMATE ME BY RUTH CLAMPETT

Title: Animate Me
Author: Ruth Clampett
Publisher: Clampett Studio (self-pub)
Release date: May 1, 2013
Age Group: New Adult/Adult 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis:
Animate Me is a fun and sexy contemporary romance.

Love struck animator, Nathan, has set his sights on Brooke, the Director of Development at their animation studio.

He has worshipped her from afar for years and even created a comic book heroine named B-Girl in her likeness. When their paths cross he seizes the opportunity to make a good impression. As they grow closer a serious hindrance looms…her dwindling romance with Arnauld, head of the animation studio.

When Arnauld realizes that Nathan is threatening his relationship with Brooke, he goes after him and it sparks an outrageous uprising at the studio. Havoc ensues from antics only a building full of creative cartoon people can create. In the midst of the drama Brooke has to decide whether to follow her heart or risk her impressive career, while Nathan pulls out all the stops to “woo” his girl. The conclusion has you cheering for our unlikely hero to capture his B-Girl’s heart…while he wins our hearts as well.

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I have to say that when I did this cover reveal I was really excited about the book.  It’s one of the most unique covers and the story that lies between the pages is just as unique… and surprising.  I was sort of expecting this story to be childish in a sense.  I know that sounds stereotypical, but seriously it’s a book about animation.  This book was anything but childish in fact it has hot and steamy moments that were completely unexpected!  The book is completely told from Nathan’s POV and I think that she did an amazing job with it…
I love love love Nathan!  He like the super geek, knows a lot about everything and is the best animator at the studio.  He’s the sit in the corner and people watch kind of guy, always taking the backseat but yet he was very popular in his group.  He was strong and weak all at the same time.  He was picked up most of his life as you could imagine, no real girlfriends to speak of except one he had in college… that went nowhere and only lead him to believe that he wasn’t good enough… Awe you want to totally give this guy a hug and tell him to pick up that chin because his talents alone are amazing let alone his personality and his tenderness and romantic side… He was swoony in a geek chic kind of way… 
Brooke was just a force to be reconned with in this book.  She comes out as the strong one but Nathan sure does discovery her vulnerabilities.  I was surprised at her in every turn, she liked control that was kind of evident but she was also willing to give it up, when it fit the moment.  
I was really surprised at so much in this book.  It really caught me off guard at times.  There is a story behind why their is a coffee cup on this cover with an adorable drawing, and when you read it to find out you will be doing the “aaawwwweeee….” Nathan sure is a charmer, which is what I never expected.  When things turn upside down and go completely AWOL, for Nathan and Brooke it gets down right UGLY and you will see who will stand by who in the end… The antics of his co-workers are classic and will have you laughing out loud! 
I really adored this book beginning to end.  I have only one small complaint and that was that it was just a bit too long. The editing is SPOT on and the story flows so well and the character development is really good… I would have liked to see a few things done differently but that’s just me personally… I couldn’t put it down honestly and wanted to be able to stay up all night reading it… 
I highly recommend this one if you want a totally different storyline.  The book revolving around animation was completely unique and something I haven’t seen done before.  The illustrations throughout the book were so cute…. I give Animate Me 4.5 stars for creativity, good story line and sweetness factor… 
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About the Author

Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. Graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in photography, Ruth opened her own Design/Photography studio and also taught photography at UCLA. In 1993 she joined Warner Bros. almost fifty years after her father left the studio and worked her way up to VP of Design for the WB Studio Stores. Now operating her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. she has had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

After telling stories visually her entire life and a fan-girl at heart, Ruth was introduced to the on-line world of fan-fiction and started writing stories inspired by the colorful people and events in her life. Over two million hits, and thousands of reviews later, Ruth is publishing her first novel, Animate Me, a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who plans the summer around their yearly sojourn to Comic Con.

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BLOG TOUR: DARK DAWN BY Melissa Brodsky & Nicole Andrews Moore

Synopsis:

In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth, and everything in between. The In-between was unplanned, unexpected, and unwelcome. Every action causes a reaction and when mankind was born, so were the Fae. Suddenly it was up to Heaven to save Earth. God created Angels to right his wrong, to save human kind. A deal was made, an agreement of sorts. The Angels would protect humanity from Fae domination and destruction, and in return they would have inhuman strength and immortality. Thus a time of angels swooping in to save humans from free will, bad decisions, and big mistakes began. They protected humans from the Fae who intentionally enslaved them, leaving shells of humans, or worse, leaving nothing at all.

Even God doesn’t always learn from mistakes. Angels were given freedom of choice. Some Angels chose wrong. When some of them spread their wings, they went too far, and just as Icharus was punished for getting too close to the sun, they were punished for getting too close to mankind.

So they fell. Falling was the easy part.

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It was late afternoon when they returned and it was Anna’s restlessness that caught Seth’s attention. The rest of the Guardians went to their rooms to unwind, but Anna was pacing on the roof. Instead of settling into their office, as he normally did, Seth walked the extra steps to discover what was troubling Anna. This was completely unlike her.

“Anna,” he said calmly when he reached her.

She whipped around. Her wings were unfurled and twitching nervously. The rustling of her feathers concerned him. When he saw the look in her eyes, he was even more disturbed. “Why?” She asked as her eyes darted about…up at the sky, then over the edge of the roof, back to Seth and all around. “Why are we not permitted to form attachments? Why can we not…be friends with humans?” The frustration in her voice was evident. “Why, Seth? What is so wrong and different about us that we can’t be around His other creations?”

Seth slowly came closer. He feared she was about to cry. In all their years of communal living, he had seen her cry…never. She hadn’t shed a tear over wars. She had seen countless horrific events pass, yet this was the first time anything had ever seemed to get under her skin and affect her.

“There’s nothing wrong with us, Anna. You know that. We simply shouldn’t be distracted. Attachments create distractions; they make us weak. We would be inclined to put the good of the few above the needs of the many. That isn’t our mission. No entanglements. No distractions. These rules were created for a reason.” He spoke in gentle soothing tones. It was obvious his words fell on deaf ears.

She shook her head. “We weren’t supposed to live together. We were supposed to be scattered about the globe. Instead, you decided that we should act as one. If that can change, if the Father can understand the rationale for that change…maybe there could be more…”


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Cover Reveal- If Forever Comes by A.L. Jackson

Title: If Forever Comes (Take This Regret #2)
Author: A.L Jackson
Expected Release Date:  September 12, 2013
Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Cover reveal organized by: Shh Moms Reading

Synopsis

If Forever Comes, the final chapter in the New York Times Bestselling Regret Series (Lost to You and Take This Regret). 
Christian Davison’s life is complete. With a ring on Elizabeth’s finger and his daughter at his side, he’s ready to run headlong into their future. 
Elizabeth Ayers never believed she would again find this kind of joy—the joy of a family and the wholeness found in the touch of the man she’s always loved. 
Their love is intense and their passion only grows as they set out to rediscover each other.
But life is never easy. 
Rocked by the unforeseen, Christian and Elizabeth will find themselves fighting for the one thing they hold most important—family. 

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I stood in the hush of the darkened room, the long drapes pushed to the side as I leaned with one hand pressed to the wall just at the side of the window. I stared out, watching as winter pressed down on the city. Snowflakes fluttered toward the ground as they were set free from the inky sky. Through the haze, lights glimmered, and far below, the city was still alive even though night had grown late.
My past seemed to echo from the streets, the memories so thick they almost seemed alive.  
I looked over my shoulder and let my eyes wander over the one who inhabited them all. 
Elizabeth lay facing me, twisted just to the side, her blonde hair spread out over the pillow where she rested her head. Her chest lifted and fell in a slow cadence, her soft breaths released into the air. 
The deepest kind of devotion quickened my heart and pumped fiercely through my veins. 
Sometimes it was hard to believe we’d come this far, that this beautiful girl lying across the room from me had been strong enough to forgive me for the greatest mistake I’d ever made, that she was good enough to look past my failure, and that she had the capacity to lie there now, lost in sleep, free of fear and full of love. 
A wistful smile tugged at my mouth as my gaze traveled over her perfect body. She wore a short nightgown, the creamy material bunched up over her hip, the length of her legs fully exposed. One arm was draped over her head, and the other was stretched across the sheets in the spot where I had held her in my arms as she’d fallen asleep. 
Emotion squeezed my lungs, knocked at my ribs, just as strong as the desire that lifted in a crushing swell before it settled as a subdued ache in the pit of my stomach.  
Elizabeth would never stop stealing my breath. 
Only because she possessed my soul. 
As if she felt the intensity of my stare, she stirred. Those brown eyes blinked open as she adjusted to the dimness in the room. A soft, sleepy smile crept to her lips when she found me watching her in the shadows. She ran her hand over the sheets on my side of the bed. “What are you doing way over there when you’re supposed to be in bed with me?” she whispered.
“Just thinking.” 
She lifted up onto her elbow. “And what are you thinking about?” 
My mouth tipped up in a slow grin as I made my way over to her. She rolled onto her back just as I crawled over her, bracing myself on my hands and knees. 
“Thinking about you. What else would I be thinking about?” I trailed the back of my index finger down her cheek and along the underside of her jaw. At her chin, I twisted my hand to drag my fingers all the way down her neck to the cleft between her breasts. 
A soft breath parted her lips. 
“You consume me, Elizabeth,” I said. “Every second.” 
Trembling, she reached up to cup my jaw. “Always.” 
That word shot straight through me, her touch a firestorm that singed me from the inside out.
And she had it right. I wanted her. Always. 
I pressed my hands into the bed on either side of her head, dipped to caress her mouth with mine in the same second her fingers wove through my hair. I could feel her heart hammering, pounding just as hard as mine, this thrum of need spinning through us with the slightest touch.
It’d always been that way. 
Always.  
I rocked and Elizabeth moaned, our bodies pitching and lifting and seeking, the soft skin of her inner thighs like strokes of fire as they brushed against mine. Our tongues caressed and every last inch of my body hardened.  
God, there was nothing in this world that felt so good. 
I pulled back, one hand gripping the fabric at her hip as I searched her face. 
“Elizabeth, I don’t want to wait. I know that’s what we planned, but being here, in this city, it just makes me think of all the time I wasted, and I don’t want to waste any more.” 
Shock rolled through her, and brown eyes snapped up to lock on mine. “What do you mean?” 
“All of it, Elizabeth…waiting to get married…waiting to add to our family. I want it all…and now…because I want it with you.”
“Christian—”
“Don’t say anything now. I just want you to think about it.” 
She grabbed my face. “I don’t need to think about it. I’m ready for this. Ready for us to move on.” 
Relief and joy escaped me in a throaty groan. It was all I wanted, to spend my life with her, to spend it with our daughter, to live for my family, to watch grow.
“Oh my God, Elizabeth.” I dropped to my elbows, brought us closer, our kiss frenzied between our words.
“Christian.”
“I love you so much…so much.” 
I sucked at her bottom lip, kiss her at the edge of her perfect mouth, dropped to feast along the line of her jaw.
My nose got lost behind her ear, in her hair, in the softness of her skin. 
I burned. 
Elizabeth arched, silently begged.
I rose to one elbow and grabbed her left hand, kissed the ring she allowed me to place on her finger. “Forever,” I promised against it. 
Her heart thudded a little more. “Forever,” she said.  
And I couldn’t wait for forever to begin. 

About the Author

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves. 


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BLOG TOUR: TIE ME BY OLIVIA CUNNING (One Night with Sole Regret #5)


SYNOPSIS:

His heart is tied to his past…
When Sole Regret’s rhythm guitarist, Kellen Jamison, vowed to be faithful to his fiancée and love her forever, he meant it. He never expected to lose her to cancer so early in life. He’s certain he’ll never love again, but destiny has another plan for him.

Her heart is tied to her work…
Grammy-winning classical composer and piano virtuoso, Dawn O’Reilly, is overwhelmed with music-writing deadlines, a fickle muse, and high-expectations. She doesn’t have time to find love, but chance seeks to interfere with her carefully devised plans.

They’re bound to become entangled…
From the instant Kellen hears Dawn’s latest musical composition, his spirits rise. The stirring melody and the remarkable woman responsible for its creation are impossible to resist. His attraction is undeniable; her passion unquenchable. Kellen teaches Dawn there’s freedom in bondage, while her sensuality drives him to unleash his tightly controlled self-restraint. Will the ropes Kellen uses to secure Dawn’s body be the force that binds them together or ultimately sever all ties between them?

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Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, USA Today Best-Selling Author Olivia

Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own.

Olivia’s first book in her Sinner’s Tour Series, Backstage Pass, was published in 2010 by Sourcebooks. Book two in the series, Rock Hard, was published in 2011 and the third book, Double Time just released November 2012. The last two books in the series are expected to be out in 2013. Aside from the Sinners Tour that launched her career, Olivia has been hard at work on a few other series and stand alones . . . of course with the music turned up.
Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.

AWARDS RECEIVED

~ In November 2012, Double Time made the USA Today Best-Seller List

~ Backstage Pass won the Reader’s Crown in 2011 for both Best First Book and Best Long Erotic Romance

~ Backstage Pass won More than Magic in 2011 for Best Erotic Romance

QUICK FACTS ON OLIVIA

~ Despite the encouragement of her English teachers to pursue writing, she majored in biology in college.

~ Olivia earned a master’s degree in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine. After her beloved grandfather died of a heart attack, she aspired to find the cure for atherosclerosis, but found biomedical research tedious and frustrating, so switched to teaching.

~Olivia loves to attend metal concerts. She regularly embarrasses her college-aged son by headbanging in public and gets accused of not “looking like” a metal head.

~Olivia finished writing her first contemporary series romance novel at age 19. It remains unpublished.

~Olivia has always had a vivid imagination. At age three, she had seven imaginary friends and still remembers the stories she made up about them. One, named Splinter, was a giant talking skunk.

~Olivia is an army brat. She has lived all over the United States and in Germany. She tends to move every three to five years. Her most recent move to Galveston, Texas will hopefully be her last.

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COVER REVEAL: DON’T LIE TO ME BY STACEY LYNN

TITLE: DON’T LIE TO ME
COVER DESIGNED BY:  Regina Wande with
Mae I Design and Photography 
EXPECTED RELEASE: July 16, 2013


SYNOPSIS:


What do you do when the man you love leaves, and the only man you’ve wanted since is the one you can’t have?

When Emma’s first love walked away after learning she was pregnant, she was forced to pick up the pieces, re-evaluate her priorities, and change the course of her dreams all for the sake of her son, who became the only one who mattered.

It also meant taking a job with Jack McMillan; powerful, sexy, controlled, and CEO of McMillan Holdings. Emma has spent the last several years keeping her dreams and fantasies of Jack to herself, but one night, and one encounter, changed everything.

Once the walls between them are dropped and the truth is laid bare, will Jack and Emma’s new relationship be able to survive? When they are forced to confront their pasts, will they learn to finally put their trust in someone else, or will the lies that are told destroy them both?

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Without any warning at all, his hand moved from my hair and wrapped around my neck pulling me close to him. My eyes widened just slightly before Jack’s lips pressed down on mine. They were warm, soft and delicious. He kissed my top lip, and then teased my bottom, urgently seeking entrance. I couldn’t have resisted even if I wanted to. I opened my mouth and let his kiss deepen. My entire body melted into him and I grabbed the tie around his neck that I had fondled earlier and held on for dear life, pulling him closer. My back hit the wall in my hallway, causing me to gasp into his mouth slightly. He didn’t relent. Instead, pressed up against me, his thigh pushing in between my legs that seemed to spread on their own accord. If I was able to think clearly, I mostly likely would have realized I was rubbing myself up against him like a dog in heat, but in the moment, I couldn’t. My insides were throbbing as I wantonly moaned and tried to ease the ache between my thighs that being so close to him created

About the Author:

 

I am a wife, a mom, and a writer. I can often be found curled up on the couch with a good book, or obsessively eating Skittles in a very complicated and organized manner. No joke.



Author’s other books/work in progress:

Just One Song, released on April 16, 2013.


Don’t Lie to Me, erotic romance – coming July 16, 2013


Just One Love, coming fall/winter 2013 – Mia’s Story!


RELEASE BLITZ: BREATHLESS BY EVE CARTER

Title:  Breathless Jesse Book 1
Author: Eve Carter
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date:  June 18th, 2013
 


 

Breathless – Jesse Book 1

The young, hot professional Motocross rider, Jesse Morrison, knows how to leave an impression. Except lately, it has mostly been bad impressions. Frustrated and wounded, he surrounds himself with women, booze and drugs, until one day, he finds himself in a world of trouble. Kicked out by his brother, he relocates to California for the summer to help his uncle open Rookies, a local sports bar.


In Santa Monica, Jesse meets the one woman who can lead him back on the right path, the beautiful 22 year old, Niki Milani. Only problem, she is not interested. Niki has her own demons to fight. A past that left her emotional abandoned by her own blood, her father. She keeps her heart guarded and finds it difficult to trust a man again. Especially not a bad boy player who is even more messed up than her. However, Jesse never backs down from a challenge. Blinded by a sizzling attraction, he is determined to prove to Niki that there is more to him than what appears on the surface. That he is the one who can heal her heart.

The story of Jesse and Niki is a New Adult Romance that will leave you breathless

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Eve Carter is a true romantic at heart and with a modern contemporary erotic twist to her romance novels, you had better fasten your seatbelt, as the ride is always fun, exciting and fiery.

Living in Southern California, but a mid-westerner at origin, Eve finds plenty of inspiration for her books in her own exciting life. Fascinated with the written word and its power to guide the imagination, Eve started writing short stories and later took Creative Writing classes in college. She graduated from The University of Iowa with a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Higher Education.

Breathless, Eve’s new novel, is the first book in the Jesse series and the follow-up to her successful erotic romance trilogy, Deceived.

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BLOG TOUR: ANGST BY VICTORIA SAWYER

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Synopsis:


***Recommended for ages 17+ for adult themes and frequent use of harsh language.

There are two things I want out of my freshman year of college: to hook up with confusing hottie Jared and to chug some beer as soon as possible.

Getting wasted is like purely medicinal freedom. I murder my secret and constant soul sucking fear and tense nervous body beneath 17 glorious shots of pseudo-sanity. And destroying self-conscious crazy me reveals a sexy confident stranger who likes to try wild new things.

Then there’s the Jared complication, the guy with the Halloween costume that features his ripped and naked chest. It’s an attraction I can’t deny. Too bad I can’t understand what he wants because half the time we’re making out on the dance floor and the other half we’re screaming at each other about whether or not I’m a party slut.

And as the year party-crashes to an end, my drunk-scapades and severe panic attacks want me to pay up, big time. What little sanity I started out with is clinging by a thin thread and when that thread snaps, I’m lying on the cold basement floor of my parents’ house, a loaded hand gun kissing my hot tear streaked forehead.

As I’m craving the freedom and soothing blackness of death, he calls and I open up like a fire hose of self-hating hot mess. After we hang up, I make a choice.

An Interview with Victoria Sawyer

Q: Tell me what inspired you to write Angst?

Angst is a roughly based upon my own experience as a college freshman. I’ve suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and depression from the age of 10 and when I got to college things got even more challenging for me. I had a very rough year, drinking, partying, having sex for the first time, relationships, general teen angst, self-esteem, hiding what I was going through from friends/boyfriends, struggling with my desire to actually be at college (I wasn’t really sure I wanted to be there except for the parties) and I ended up in breakdown by the end of the year, contemplating death.

Ever since that year, I’ve wanted to tell this story. It took me a few years to finally start and I think a lot of it was because I was on mediation for my anxiety and it made me feel uncreative. But in 2009 I weaned myself off my anti-anxiety meds and started working on my story. It took me 3 years to learn as much as I could about writing and to finally have a story that I thought was good enough to self- publish.

Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing for a long time. At first it was diaries and short stories as a child and then it morphed into journaling to express myself and in late high school/college I took more writing classes like creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction. I ended up with a degree in English.

I like the way it feels to express myself with words. I would consider myself an artist as well, although I think writing has taken on more interest for me in recent years and I have a lot more time invested so I think I’m a better writer than I am artist.

Once I started writing Angst, I had to learn as much as I could about writing a novel which was not something I had ever done before. There’s a lot that goes into it and there were a lot of times when I was overwhelmed and depressed because I didn’t think I could ever do it. The options for writing are endless, so nitpicking something to death is a very real problem. But finally here I am!

Q: What are some of your favorite books/authors?

I’m a huge reader. I’ve seriously considered becoming a Book Blogger because I read a lot anyway, however at the moment I don’t have the time to invest with everything else going on.

Most of my reading career has been spent reading Historical Fiction. I hadn’t read a lot of YA until I started writing my book and then I did some research into the kinds of books that were out there like mine. Mine definitely falls into the NA category though as it contains harsh language and drugs/alcohol/sexual themes.

Some of my favorite books: The Wilderness Series by Sara Donati, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I also like Wilbur Smith, Robert McCammon, and my favorite from my undergrad years, a gothic novel, The Monk, written in 1796. Talk about dark drama!

Q4 While writing Angst tell me what was your biggest struggle or was there a section in the book that you struggled with most?

I guess the biggest struggle was the decision to publish it at all. It’s a very very personal story for me. It basically allows the reader to climb into my head and experience how I feel on a daily basis as I struggle with my panic attacks and anxiety. For many people, it’s difficult for them to understand how I feel unless they read something like my novel because it’s hard to explain the way that anxiety permeates every aspect of your life. One of my goals with writing this book was to truly explain the way it feels so that people could understand what people like me are dealing with. My other goal is to comfort those that suffer like I do. I want them to know they aren’t alone and my book is a pretty good portrayal of what not to do if you suffer from anxiety. It’s sure to lead to breakdown! Oh and yeah…it’s a novel so I wanted it to be exciting/interesting to read too!

There are also some scenes in the book that were difficult for me to write, an example would be the car/mall scene. I had to push my character into situations that make me uncomfortable and then I had to basically experience how she/I would feel in those circumstances. And all the situations in Angst are ones that I have dealt with before, maybe not in the exact same way, but certainly the same kinds of situations. Even now when I read my book it can make me feel anxious. I’ll realize after reading a passage that I’m breathing differently or my stomach is clenched. It’s not an easy topic, although I am intimately familiar with it, so that does make it slightly easier to write about.

Q: Tell us what’s next for you. Are you working on something else now or have a new idea?

I am working on 2 novels right now. One is a second installment to Angst which takes place a few years after college. I am also working on a modern day fairy tale. I think it will be my next publication and so far I have about 60,000 words invested into it which equates to probably about ½ – ¾ of the way finished. This is only the first draft though, so I’m not anywhere near publication. This new book will also be filled with angst of course, as that is my writing style! I like to get right down into the dirty emotional aspects of life and this book will be no different.

  

Tonya’s Review of Angst

This isn’t going to like my normal reviews. This book is far beyond anything I normally read or ever expected. The title is so perfect for this book. It reaches in a grabs you by the soul and at times makes you feel like you can’t breathe. My heart ached for Victoria. Always feeling like she was worthless or ugly or weird. Letting her mind convince her all these things were true. And not wanting anyone to know what she was going through for fear that she would be made fun of and embarrassed. It’s just better to avoid those situations. Letting fear run her life. She is so insecure in herself and her illness.  Nobody could possibly understand what she was going through.. Or could they? Jared comes off as a confused jerk at first . Playing with her mind and emotions. If he would have just been honest from the start she may not have gone as far as she did. Once things really get going and he pushes Victoria to her limits and she finally lets him have a piece of her mind.. Look Out! Why these two insist on hurting each other instead of loving each other is beyond me. I wanted to slap Jared a few times and shake Victoria as well.

When things finally come to a head and all the partying, the drugs, the drama aren’t working anymore, Victoria feels there is nothing left for her. She knows she is not living the life she was meant to live but how can she get past the constant pain and fear?  Thank God Jared calls and convinces her otherwise! I was starting to have a panic attack of my own! Victoria’s friends are normal partying college girls!! Hannah is so cute and just seems to get what’s going on without ever being told. She stands behind Victoria and never judges her or her actions. Hannah seems to keep Victoria grounded at times. There is so much more I want to say about Victoria, Jared, and Hannah but I have to draw the spoiler line somewhere right?        

I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book!! I was sucked in from the very first page and it never let me go. This one is going to stay with me for a long time to come. I felt so emotionally involved. Like I was there watching everything. I felt like I was a part of it all. Its deep, dark and totally enthralling!! Its gut wrenching, real, and honest and a definite eye opener to the side of panic attacks and depression most people will never see. The way Victoria, the author, writes is so compelling. It draws you in and makes you feel the panic and the heart wrenching sadness and pain of it all. Panic attacks and depression are not issues you usually read about in such a real, in your face way. The fact that this is Victoria Sawyers debut novel is almost mind blowing to me. This book is truly fantastic. I am almost at a loss for words. I feel like I’m rambling because I there are only so many things you can say without giving the whole story away.  I DEFINITELY recommend this book to everyone!! A Huge 5 Stars for Victoria Sawyer’s “Angst”!!!

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About the Author:
“Passionate about writing, graphic design, creativity. Fueled by the light and dark. Beauty, color, euphoria, artistic frenzy, depression, panic, anxiety.”

What you see on the outside is not what you get on the inside. On the outside, Victoria Sawyer is polished, confident, put together, but on the inside things are a bit different. She’s creative, thoughts whirling, anxious, alternately depressed and happy or self-critical and confident, energetic, charismatic, cranky and panicked.

She has suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and depression since the age of 10 and has been writing for just about as long. Her love of writing started as journal entries as therapy and eventually morphed into a melding of fact and fiction. Sometimes writing drives her to drink or drinking drives her to write or sometimes it’s depression, anger, mental illness or love.

Angst is a story she has always wanted to tell, a fiction retelling of her own struggles as a college freshman. Her goal is to be completely honest about mental illness and life’s struggles and to reduce the stigma of mental disorders. She hopes to follow up with a second book featuring Victoria in the future. For more Wicked Victoria, visit her blog: WEBSITE


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COVER REVEAL: PLAYING WITH FIRE BY ASHLEY PISCITELLI

Book Title: Playing With Fire (Guarded Hearts #1)
Genre: Romance
Release date: July 15th


Author :Ashley Piscitelli
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Synopsis:

Madison Stevens has had a shitty life, her mother died at the age four and her father has always blamed her for it. She went through the foster system and is now attending college. Her boyfriend Chris is not willing to share Madison with anyone, not even her friends.

Her first day at college she meets Carter James, who makes her want everything she never thought she could have. She knows that she should ignore her feelings for Carter, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

As Carter and Madison begin to fall in love, they face many obstacles. Their biggest one is Chris who is not going to let her go easily.

Playing with Fire will be the first book in a three book series. It is about the obstacles that stand in your way on the path to love. It tests the characters strength and commitment to each other on every level from old boyfriend/girlfriends, to insecurities, and throws a little violence and scheming into the mix.

“Chris was like fire. It was pretty to look at but if you got too close you got burnt, and if it wasn’t controlled it would destroy everything in its path. Doing what I was about to do with Carter was dangerous, but what can I say I never had parents to warn me not to play with fire.”

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Synopsis:


Lauren broke off an engagement with her old boyfriend because she caught him cheating on her. She’s finally ready to move on, but work has been keeping her too busy.

Marcus is a player, never settling down with one girl. No one seems to meet his long list of requirements in a woman.

Marcus and Lauren have worked for the same company for years, but in locations across the country from each other. They’ve been flirting for months. When they are in the same city for a conference, they spend a few passionate days together, both assuming this is just a fling. Once they each get home though, they realize they want more. Can they make a long distance relationship work? And when Lauren’s old boyfriend come back to win her affection, can Marcus compete with their history?

Toski’s Review of Finally


Finally by Scarlett Metal is a story about Lauren, a business women who lives in Chicago and Marcus, a co-worker who works for her company but lives in another state. For two years they have often had to be around each other for business meetings and work events and had major attraction to each other each time.. The problem – Lauren’s fiancé Kyle.

After catching Kyle having an affair, Lauren break off the relationship. Marcus comes in for a business meeting and the two plan to have a “no strings” affair. The only thing they didn’t think about was- they both might end up wanting strings after their weekend of fun.

Kyle of course after hearing Lauren maybe moving on decides he wants her back – so now she must decide between the man she once loved and was going to marry or her sexy co- worker who she has had a lusty weekend with.

This hotness of this book- OFF THE CHARTS. It’s short so you can read in one sitting and STEAM is pouring out of every single chapter. I give Finally 4 stars. The only thing lacking??- Story line.. It had SO much steam but hardly any romance.. And yea, being a girl – I need that part as well. If you are in the mood for an easy read that is H-O-T, this one is perfect for ya!

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About the Author:

Scarlett lives in the Midwest with her family. When she’s not busy writing steamy stories, she can be found with her nose in a book, camping, or geocaching with her family. She loves Diet Coke, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and 80’s hair bands.


  

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COVER REVEAL – GRACEFUL MESS BY NACOLE STAYTON

Title:  A Graceful Mess
Author:  Nacole Stayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Publication Date:  August 27, 2013


SYNOPSIS
Hiding behind the anguish from my past, my coyness seeps off of me like an aroma. I have felt like a stranger in my own skin, trying to claw my way out for far too long, allowing very few people to see past my façade…until my eyes met with his. I felt a sudden rush of energy all the way to my core. It jolted me in ways I never thought possible.

Never in a million years would I have expected to be in the mess I am today. It all leads back to the night Parker Porter turned my world upside down. The night his hazel eyes undressed me, peeling away the layers of the woman I tried so hard to be. He awoke desires that burned deep within me and changed me in one quick glance, leaving me vulnerable and exposed, picking up the shattered pieces of my carefully constructed life…a life I should not be living…a life I was not born into, but placed into by the state of Maine.

Parker opened a door that I am far from closing until I have answers and am able to face the life I was destined to live. I just have to decide if his love is worth the mess.

“They say be careful of the quiet ones.” –Grace

Warning: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to explicit language and sexual encounters.

Cover Designed By:  Perfect Pear Creative
Cover Reveal Organized By:  Literati Author Services
About the Author
Nacole Stayton was born and raised Christian “Nacole” Stayton. She is twenty-three years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state, Kentucky. She spends her days working at the local hospital and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors Nacole enjoys the finer things in life like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. Her hair color changes with the seasons and she has a weakness for tattoos and iced coffee.
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